March 13, 2005


"Millions" -- A family movie from director Danny Boyle of "Trainspotting" and "28 Days Later" has lots of interesting elements and, overall, works well. A very religious little boy, who talks to saints, finds a duffel bag with over 100,000 pounds in it. A not-so-great trainrobber wants it back. He wants to give it to the poor and his cynical big brother wants to spend it. Lots of visual razzle-dazzle from the director. I'm not sure if kids under 12 will be able to follow it.

One interesting (and no doubt realistic) aspect is the fecklessness of the British police. An ineffectual-looking copper with an intellectual's beard addresses a neighborhood meeting (dialogue roughly remembered):

Bobbie: "Christmas is coming so it's a statistical certainty your house will get robbed. But that's what we're here for."

Subject: "To prevent robberies or to catch the criminals?"

Bobbie: "Neither, of course. But after you do get robbed, we will give you your official victimization number so you can file a claim with your insurance company."

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